I’m not familiar with Chelsea Handler but apparently she has a huge platform and Grand Central Publishing is giving her an even larger one. Starting in May 2011, GCP will be publishing books under a Chelsea Handler imprint. The first book is written by Handler’s dog. I presume these books will be ghost written, the details of which are unknown. Under the “Frey O Meter”, I have to ask where this falls with readers.
A Dutch ereader enthusiast and owner of has started a Dutch version of Lostbooksales at http://www.gemisteboekverkoop.nl/. It seems that this is an idea that has caught the attention of people worldwide. I had an email the other day from a Polish company wanting to utilize the same platform.
Borders and Sony are selling the Sony Pocket and Sony Touch Edition (both of which have touchscreens) for $149 and $199 respectively. I love the Sony touchscreens but I feel that they are somehow crippled without at least wifi.
Nate at the digital reader has an exhaustive list of what eReaders are on sale on Black Friday. The best deal is clearly the $99 nook at Best Buy.
Ned is a big fan of Top Gear, a British show about cars. One of the regular features are cars driven by “The Stig” a mysterious white jump suited man who does terrifyingly awesome things with terrifyingly expensive vehicles. The Stig’s identity is a big secret so big that BBC spent over £70,000 trying to keep The Stig’s autobiography from being published by HarperCollins. BBC has failed and “The Man in The White Suit” will be published. I won’t spoil it for you but if you click on the link, Stig’s real identity is revealed in the headline.
One of the problems for Top Gear was that The Stig was seriously underpaid compared to the co hosts and couldn’t exploit his “fame” because of the mystery surrounding who The Stig was.
Richard Curtis alerts us to the fact that Dorchester’s CEO, John Prebich, has left the company.
I think that it is highly unlikely that Dorchester will make it next year.
Tess Gerritsen admits to being wrong about ebooks, piracy, and self publishing. It’s a pretty self effacing article and I’m quite impressed with the author.
Laptop Magazine gave the Nookcolor a pretty positive review. The downside is the closed Android system and the non responsiveness of the touchscreen due to fingerprint build up but everything else is viewed positively.